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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

10:00am – 3:00pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Chapel Hill, NC

The purpose of the research symposium was to share the breadth of research happening as part of the Jordan Lake Nutrient Management Study and facilitate dialogue among various stakeholders within the Jordan Lake watershed.

More than 100 stakeholders from throughout the Jordan Lake watershed gathered to hear from researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State. Topics included in-lake factors affecting algal growth, watershed inputs affecting algal growth, integrating scientific findings into modeling efforts, and funding nutrient management efforts.

Symposium Agenda

Symposium Presenter Slides

Welcome & Nutrient Management Study Background
Mike Piehler

In-Lake Factors Affecting Algal Growth

Circulation and Structure of Jordan Lake From Continuous Observations
Harvey Seim, Rick Luettich, Molly Gilchrest, Nadia Frances, Tony Whipple, & Ryan Neve

Nutrient Limitation Dynamics In Jordan Lake Reservoir: Management Implications
Hans Paerl, Nathan Hall, Betsy Abare, Jeremy Braddy, Karen Rossignol, & Randolph Sloup

Understanding Phytoplankton Shade Adaptation to Improve Nutrient Response Models
Nathan Hall

Cyanotoxin Dynamics in Jordan Lake
Astrid Schnetzer, Marco Valera, Mark Vander Borgh, & Elizabeth Fensin
Funded by the Urban Water Consortium/Water Resources Research Institute
Link to paper: Algal Blooms and Cyanotoxins in Jordan Lake, North Carolina

Table Discussion: Do these findings change your perception of Jordan Lake’s water quality? What implications do they have for managing nutrients in Jordan Lake?

Watershed Inputs Affecting Algal Growth

Development and Infrastructure’s Role in Nutrient Loading Within the Jordan Lake Watershed
Joseph Delesantro, Jonathan Duncan, Diego Riveros-Iregui, Keridwen Whitmore, Joanna Blasczak, Emily Bernhardt, Dean Urban, & Lawrence Band

Sediment Dynamics in Jordan Lake
Brent McKee & Sherif Ghobrial

Integrating Scientific Findings Into Modeling Efforts

Evaluating the Long-term Nutrient Removal Performance of a Bioretention Cell in Chapel Hill
Bill Hunt

Jordan Lake Watershed and Water Quality Modeling to Assess Historical and Projected Eutrophication
Dan Obenour & Sankar Arumugam

Creating a New Nutrient Response Model for Jordan Lake
Jim Bowen

Table Discussion: How should these new models shape policy with regards to nutrient management in Jordan Lake?

Collaboration in Watershed Management

Jordan Lake One Water – A Transformative Approach to Watershed Management
Cameron Colvin

Funding Nutrient Management Efforts

Financing Nutrient Management in the Jordan Lake Watershed
Erin Riggs & Evan Kirk

Table Discussion: Which financing approaches are best suited for implementation in the Jordan Lake watershed?